Oparanozie turning heads in Russia
Super Falcons attacker, Desire Oparanozie is making waves in the Russian women's football championship.
Following her move from Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) club, Delta Queens in September 2012, Oparanozie has announced her arrival on the big stage and her performances in the big games have marked her out as a striker to be feared.
She hit the ground running and scored the winner in the Uefa Champions League game against Czech Republic club, Sparta Prague in her first match for WFC Rossiyanka.
The effort was the winner that secured passage for the club to the quarterfinals of the competition.
“It was an important goal, one of the most crucial goals I’ve ever scored and doing it in my first game for the club gave me confidence,” Oparanozie told supersport.com.
Her expedition into Europe’s elite competition was abbreviated in the last eight where Rossiyanka came unstuck against German giants, VfL Wolfsburg but the 19-year-old chose to look on the positives of that loss.
“Those two games against Wolfsburg will stay with me for the rest of my life. We fought hard but in the end, we lost but coming up against players like (German internationals) Nadine Kessler and Alexandra Popp was very good education for me,” she said.
Oparanozie has now set her sights on success in this season’s Russian women's football championship where Rossiyanka currently sit in second place on the log but have played two games less than the leaders, Zorkiy Krasnogorsk
The powerful striker has netted three goals in five matches this season as she seeks to power Rossiyanka to the title.
“I would have scored more but I joined the club after the season had started. It is a difficult league where you have to be intelligent and quick to succeed.
“So far, I am doing well and I hope to continue in this path.
“We will face Perma in the league tomorrow (Wednesday) away from home and that is a game we must win if we are to emerge champions at the end of the season.
"We want to play in the Champions League next season and we can only do that if we win the league,” she added.